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The Leftovers

The Leftovers Series Finale: “The Book of Nora”

Jun 6, 2017

I confess that Nora was my least favorite character throughout the entire Leftovers series. I don’t know why; I felt she was too stiff, too rigid and devoid of any emotion. Then again, I...

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Game of Thrones

Theon Greyjoy: No Coward, No Fool

Jul 24, 2017

“He who fights and runs away will  live to fight another day,”- Demosthenes      In less than twenty-four hours since the release of “Stormborn,” the second episode in...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Season Four Finale: “Server Error”

Jun 29, 2017

The Season 4 finale begins with Richard in a position of moral distress. While we have seen Richard in positions of trouble countless times throughout this series — it is yet that he has...

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New Movies

HBOWatch Movie Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Jul 21, 2017

In a nutshell: HELL on earth. Imagine death is all around you: bodies blowing up, screaming all around, smoke, gas, darkness and decay. No matter how much gear you have on, no matter how much...

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Latest HBO News

Sex and the City Season 7? — “All Bets are Off”

Sex and the City Season 7? — “All Bets are Off”

Like an ex boyfriend who you dumped for all the wrong reasons, Sex and the City keeps a niggling place in our hearts as one of the great television experiences of the past 20 years.  After season 6 ended in 2004, news quickly broke of a Sex and the City movie followed in short order by a second, less favorably reviewed Sex and the City movie. But what about Sex and the City season 7? Could we really be returning to The Big Apple for another adventure with Carrie and the Gang?  Impossible, right?  Think again, SatC fan. Micheal Patrick King, creator of Sex and the City and HBO’s comeback series: The Comeback has been promoting the...

Movie Review: The Lego Movie

Movie Review: The Lego Movie

Never before has a films title song been so descriptive, that its name alone is essentially a review of the film. “Everything Is Awesome” is heard blasting throughout a multitude of scenes in this spectacular Lego based Comedy. Upon initial view, this film could easily be dismissed as being merely an “advertisement for Lego” but anyone stuck in that thought process is wrong on every level. The film is not only hilarious, but it also has interesting messages about finding your inner child. It has strong elements of satire with the amazing send-up of “The Heroes Journey” trope, and yet it still manages to tug on your heartstrings...

HBO Boxing for Saturday: Klitschko vs Pulev & HBO Latino Bouts

HBO Boxing for Saturday: Klitschko vs Pulev & HBO Latino Bouts

HBO has a very late addition to schedule this weekend with an afternoon showcase featuring the legitimate heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against a typically game but over matched opponent in Kubrat Pulev. For those not in the know, Klitschko has been the most dominant heavyweight in the sport since Joe Louis.  This is partially due to his superior work ethic, talent and genetics as well as the historically soft division which has seen him beating up fighters whose best days were in the 1990’s along with prospects that will never be near the same level as Wlad.  You can expect a big knockout but try not to fall asleep before...

TRUE DETECTIVE Adds Two More Names to Second Season

TRUE DETECTIVE Adds Two More Names to Second Season

Lolita Davidovich (pictured) and James Frain have been added to the sophomore season of TRUE DETECTIVE. That ups the quantity of notable names to the series considerably. In the inaugural season we were content with only three popular actors among the outstanding cast. They were, of course, Woody Harrelson, Matthew  McConaughey and Michelle Monaghan. Then we waited with baited breath for announcement of which stars would appear in season two. Lo and behold we learned that Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams filled the roles. Then noted actor Vince Vaughn snagged the villain role. Surely, that sounded like a workable cast for the...

The Ironborn, the Iron Islands & Game of Thrones Season 5

The Ironborn, the Iron Islands & Game of Thrones Season 5

Winter is coming, but the Ironborn storyline may not be—at least anytime soon. As the long wait between Game of Thrones seasons stretches into the cold months before Spring, fans find solace wherever they can— reading the series that inspired it all, re-watching past episodes, or dissecting on-set photos that give viewers an amuse-boucheof what is to come. In the past few weeks, those who have indulged in the spoiler-rich feast of leaked pictures have seen that Season 5 seems to have a heavy focus on Dorne and Mereen. Already, changes from the book series can be seen in the upcoming season, from Tyrion’s rendezvous with Daenerys to...

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST PATROL

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST PATROL

  Overview: A few years ago, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sebastian Junger (Academy Award nominated Restrepo) planned a walk from Washington, D.C. to New York City along Amtrak railroad lines with his close friend, acclaimed war reporter Tim Hetherington. After Hetherington was killed covering the Libyan civil war in 2011, (reported in the HBO documentary WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE? THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM HETHERINGTON, by Junger) Junger decided to take the same trip, joined instead by a Spanish photographer who was at Hetherington’s side when he died and two combat vets they’d known in Afghanistan. Chronicling their...

Silicon Valley Season 2 Starts Production

Silicon Valley Season 2 Starts Production

After an amusing and enthralling first season of Silicon Valley, your favorite tech-geeks are preparing to make their return! Mike Judge and his humorous cast have begun filming and production for Season 2, which leads me to believe that we can expect Season 2 to air in the same Springtime/April window. After Season 1 ended with Pied Piper’s success at the Tech-Crunch startup, immediately followed by Richard’s panic attack and vomiting fit, we can hope to see this rag-tagged crew take on new challenges in their lovable, but unconventional ways. However, the crew will certainly have to adapt to the tragic death of Christopher Evan Welch,...

The Newsroom Season 3: Boston

The Newsroom Season 3: Boston

The Newsroom returned this past Sunday with relentless suspense and a fantastic reintroduction to our favorite news crew. However, before we begin, let’s recap where we left off and what this means for the characters now. Will McAvoy, still as enraged and outspoken as ever, has recovered from his OD, the voicemail incident with Mac, and the two begin discussing their wedding plans in the season premiere. Jim is still as vivacious as ever yet remains tormented by his relationship with Maggie. Their love lives are as tumultuous as ever, particularly after the “Sex and the City” bus tour fiasco, Jim’s decision to date Lisa (the girl...

GETTING ON Season Two Premiere: “No Such Thing as Idealized Genitalia”

GETTING ON Season Two Premiere: “No Such Thing as Idealized Genitalia”

You know, this writer could kick himself for not reviewing VEEP when it first started because it is my favorite comedy right now. I thought it was going to be too hard to review comedy because it is so subjective, but then I got into GETTING ON and ended up reviewing it and it proves to be my second favorite comedy on the channel (sorry GIRLS). So now we come around to Season Two of our visit with the denizens of the Billy Barnes Unit to see what hi-jinks they can get into. Had I seen Season One of THE COMEBACK I might have reviewed both comedies in their sophomore year but, like I said I love DiDi, Dawn, Jenna and Patsy, so they win out....

HBO Acquires Rights to Asimov’s Foundation Series

HBO Acquires Rights to Asimov’s Foundation Series

Last year Sony pictures picked up the filming rights to Isaac Asimov’s seminal work, the Foundation series of novels in a massive, multi-studio auction. A feature picture project was set into motion with high-powered names behind it but for whatever reason the work fell through and nothing materialized.  This summer HBO paid a pretty penny to acquire the rights to Foundation when Sony put it back up onto the auction block. The acquisition of filming rights (even expensive, exciting ones!) doesn’t necessarily mean that a series is going to make it to air but this week Jonathan Nolan, writer of the movie Momento and now scribe...

HBO Sets Premiere Date for GIRLS, TOGETHERNESS and LOOKING For 01.11.15; Updated Now With Teasers

HBO Sets Premiere Date for GIRLS, TOGETHERNESS and LOOKING For 01.11.15; Updated Now With Teasers

Update: This post is now bumped up to include a couple of teasers recently released. We already have the trailer for GIRLS, but now we can add ones for the other two shows coming Sundays in January 2015. First up is our first look at the new show in the line-up TOGETHERNESS.    Ouch, they may be together, but they don’t seem to happy.  We will have to wait until January to deconstruct that relationship.  Next up we get a glimpse of how our San Fran boys are faring. Here is a Teaser for LOOKING.    Consider yourself teased I guess. _____________________________________ An announcement has come forward from HBO announcing...

True Blood Season 7 on Blu-Ray: A Review

True Blood Season 7 on Blu-Ray: A Review

So you’ve been collecting these True Blood sets for SEVEN years now and he apex is finally upon you.  The seventh and final season of  True Blood is finally arriving on November 11th 2014!  Don’t care about this review and want to order?  Here’s a link to get yours reserved.  On Amazon you’ll even get it THE DAY OF if you ordered in time. You know what you’ll be doing with your nights this winter: rewatching all seven seasons of True Blood with your friends and loved ones. We were lucky enough to receive this boxed set a bit early (we’re just cool like that) for review and, as always, HBO delivers on...

THE CONCERT FOR VALOR Live on Veterans Day!

THE CONCERT FOR VALOR Live on Veterans Day!

HBO AND STARBUCKS SALUTE U.S. VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH THE CONCERT FOR VALOR, LIVE ON THE NATIONAL MALL IN WASHINGTON, D.C., TUESDAY, NOV. 11  ——– Live Talent to Include Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Dave Grohl, Metallica, John Oliver, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood And Zac Brown Band, Among Others, As Well As Special Appearances By Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks And Steven Spielberg all at concert to honor the courage and sacrifice of America’s veterans and their families. The Concert For Valor is Executive Produced By Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks And Joel Gallen. HBO and Starbucks Coffee Company announced on October...

Happy 42nd Birthday HBO!

Happy 42nd Birthday HBO!

  Okay, so it isn’t a milestone anniversary year for HOME BOX OFFICE, but I felt the need to not let the date November 08 go by without a salute to the network we love. It began broadcasting back in 1972 and as this writer’s first post on HBOWatch indicates I was lucky enough to get the premium channel in my household in those early days. Regarding those formative years Wikipedia states – In the summer of 1971, while on a family vacation in  France, Charles Dolan came up with the concept for a cable-originated television service called “The Green Channel“. Dolan later presented his idea to Time-Life management;...

Movie Review: The Legend of Hercules

Movie Review: The Legend of Hercules

2014 has been a great year for movies about Ancient Greece. “300: Rise of an Empire” sailed into theatres this past spring, and we saw not one but two Hercules-inspired movies. We can even throw “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” into the pile as it’s based on Greek myths with a modern twist. While we have historical proof in the writings of Herodotus to back up much of 2006’s “300” and its sequel “300: Rise of an Empire,” we must look to mythology for legends regarding Hercules and his Greek counterpart, Heracles. For well over half my life, I have studied mythology and spent...

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